Lucian Freud : posthumous exhibition in London (6 images)
February 2, 2012
He was born in Berlin, he died in London. His parents were German and Austrian-born Jews, he was British. Like the core of his identity, his presence on the Old Continent is varied and unwavering. Six months after the portrait painter and grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud passed away, the National Portrait Gallery in London is running an exclusive view of his portraits. Catch the show between 9 February and 27 May 2012
The work which made
Freud the most expensive painter living in 2011 when it sold at auction for $33.6 million in New York (Private Collection © The Lucian Freud Archive. Photo: Courtesy Lucian
1923, Freud's father Ernst Ludwig ran an architectural company in Berlin. The German media have reported that his first word was supposed to have
been 'alone' ( allein) (Private Collection © The Lucian Freud Archive. Photo: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive)
ten years old when he moved to the UK in 1933, becoming a British citizen in 1939. He fathered at least nine children between three wives, including PR
consultant Matthew Freud, writer Esther Freud and designer Bella Freud (Private Collection © The Lucian Freud Archive. Photo: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive)
Freud is famous for his painter-sitter works, often featuring nudes.
One opinion piece in a
Spanish newspaper compared his use of light with Goya, whilst a French
magazine said he was inspired by Poussin, Watteau and Cezanne (Private Collection, Ireland © The Lucian Freud Archive. Photo: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive)
In London, Freud studied at the
central school of art and goldsmiths college, spending his final years in Holland Park. 20 July 2012 will mark the first
anniversary of his death (Tate: Purchased 1952 © Tate, London 2012)
From 9 February until 27 May 2012, National Portrait Gallery, London. Admission £14. Concessions £13 / £12 (Private Collection, Ireland © The Lucian Freud Archive. Photo: Courtesy
Lucian Freud Archive)
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